It must be my inner schoolmarm that makes me crazy whenever I see crimes against blogs being committed.
While I place few demands on non writers, when writers blog, I expect a certain amount of technical professionalism, even if all they talk about is the weather on Mercury.
It's been quoted that agents and editors will often gauge the quality of a writer by his blog. I can guarantee you, I do the same thing as a reader. When I come across a new title that interests me, one of the first things I do is look up the author and see what his blog or web site looks like.
If the blog is friendly, interesting, or funny, he gets big brownie points and a spot on my reader, and possibly a sale.
If his posts are riddled with typos and rambling nonsensical sentences, he immediately goes into the penalty box. No sale for him.
I'm not talking about your generic misplaced punctuation or the occasional typo. (I'm not that OCD.) I'm talking about gross errors, the kind even my husband will notice.
What's worse is when I come across a writer who won't even own up to his mistakes. I remember one blogger who kept blaming her keyboard. Well, duh! Either get a new keyboard or fix the errors before you hit publish. How hard is that?
Another blogger, bless her heart, is part of a group blog I follow and like. I am positive she must be a wildly interesting person, but she writes such lengthy posts, I have never been able to finish a single one. The average post was 6000 words. (I checked.) Many were far longer.
If her blog posts ramble that much, how must her novels read?
So it's just not editors and agents who notice. Readers notice too.
I proofread my posts a ridiculous number of times because I don't want to be the cause of undue eye hemorrhaging and spontaneous brain tumors.
Greg mentioned recently how surprised he was at how often I called up the average post just to massage a word or two before it publishes.
Greg: I thought you finished that post.
Me: I did.
Greg: You've called it up eighteen times since you wrote it yesterday.
Greg: Well isn't that obsessive?
Me (rolling my eyes): What's your point?
At this stage of the conversation the smart husband just walks away.
See how easy that was?
How often do you edit before you hit publish? Does it bother you to see nits and typos on other blogs?
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